Don’t get me wrong, friends. I love a fiddle leaf fig as much as the next hipster, but come on already! What about all of the other cute little plants who are just longing for their day on Instagram?! (Kidding. Sort of.) But for reals, we’ve been experimenting with indoor plants now for about seven years, when we got our first houseplant — can you believe that I have plants older than my children? That first houseplant actually has children of its own now, living in their own little pots. We’ve tried all kinds of different plants with varying degrees of success, so for those of you who want to try but are maybe a little timid, I put together a list of twelve low light indoor plants you probably can’t kill!
How aspirational is that, huh? 😉
How to Keep a Houseplant Alive in Low Light
Seriously, though. Have you ever tried to keep a fiddle leaf fig alive? Those (and so many other) beautiful plants are so temperamental they’ll start dropping leaves if you look at them sideways. But the lovely houseplants on this little list have all been super champs in our house at one time or another. They all love low light so they’re perfect if you don’t have a particularly bright or window-filled space.
Low light, by the way, basically means that you have a windowless room, or a room with north exposure where not a lot of sun is coming in. If your room is literally windowless, it’s best to keep the lights on during the daytime to keep your plants alive. It’s also helpful to rotate them out of a windowless room to a naturally lit room for a few weeks at a time, then rotate them back in.
The Best Way to Water Low Light Indoor Plants
You’ll probably find that low light indoor plants often also fall into the low-water category (and low maintenance in general!). On the whole, it’s best to set a watering schedule so that your plants become regulated and you can ensure that the soil doesn’t become either too wet or too dry. We water our plants every 10 days, with the exception of a few succulents or air plants which we water even less frequently.
As you’re choosing your plants, be sure to do a little research (or just ask when you purchase them!) about how often they like to be watered, whether they like soaking or misting, and so on. The majority of the plants on our low light indoor plant list can be put on the same watering schedule so you can do it like clockwork! Easy peasy.
Twelve Low Light Houseplants You Probably Can’t Kill
And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for! A whole list of plants that I personally have kept alive for years (even with some light neglect toward some 😉 )! Some of these, like the fern and the philodendron, make great hanging plants. Others, like the corn plant and the majesty palm are perfect for floor plants, and can grow super tall. Our corn plant is currently way over my head! And others are great for a small pot or a surface that needs a little cheering up.
What’s your favorite?! Have you grown any of these before? xoxo